This is Ellen Degeneres’s commencement speech for Tulane University graduating class of 2009. I think this is a great example of someone who started out with nothing, didn’t know what they wanted to do, and eventually turned their passion and their dream into a reality. In my opinion Ellen Degeneres became who she is today by coming up with an idea and running with it, straying away from the norm, and staying true to her values and her character. I know it’s a little lengthy but please take the time to watch this, I think it’s worthwhile and of course, funny.
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Census documenting U.S. Great Depression to be released:
Intimate details of 132 million people who lived through the 1930s will be disclosed as the U.S. government releases the 1940 census on April 2 to the public for the first time after 72 years of privacy protection lapses.
This will be a very interesting look back at the toughest time ever on record for America’s workforce.
The $1.6 Billion Woman, Staying on Message//
Sheryl Sandberg, Mark Zuckerberg’s No. 2, has helped steer Facebook, Inc. to its once-unimaginable height. Her message is about women and how, in her view, they must take responsibility for their careers and not blame men for holding them back.
Given that Ms. Sandberg is Facebook’s chief operating officer, and that all of Wall Street was hanging on last week’s news, you might think that she was absurdly off-topic. But Ms. Sandberg sees herself as more than an executive at one of the hottest companies around — more, too, than someone who will soon rank among the few self-made billionaires who are women. She sees herself as a role model for women in business and technology. In speeches, she often urges women to “keep your foot on the gas pedal,” and to aim high.
Goodbye, middle class
Nearly one in two Americans is now living on the lower end of the income scale, according to the Census Bureau. For a family of four that’s less than $45,000 a year. The following article takes a look at three families who are falling out of the middle class.
Leading Older Employees
As young professionals take on increased responsibility at office, they need to build management skills that allow them to work effectively with senior colleagues. When you’re young and you’re tasked with leading, the three most important things to keep in mind are as follows:
1. Be Confident
2. Be Open Minded
3. Solicit Feedback Regularly
Interesting read for all young professionals, from the Harvard Business Review.
The new (green) economy, according to Jeremy Rifkin:
How’s this for a disruptive model. Economist Jeremy Rifkin says in the future power will be green, cheap and distributed peer-to-peer. Imagine the internet, only for energy.
Here’s Rifkin’s vision: The Facebook generation seizes the initiative, tearing up conventional thinking about where energy comes from and how it’s delivered. They apply all their nous in sharing information and building seamless networks to create a new, resilient energy economy in its place, powered entirely by renewables – solar, wind, water and tidal, biomass and more besides. This will be nothing short of a new industrial revolution, says Rifkin, and its impacts will be as dramatic and sweeping as any that have gone before.
“Great economic revolutions happen”, he says, “when new energy regimes emerge that facilitate more complex civilisations and more energy flow. In turn, they require communication revolutions to manage them. And when communication and energy revolutions come together, historically, they change the economic footprint.”
Jeremy Rifkin, maverick economist and adviser to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a clutch of EU leaders.
A CEO and a gentleman
People who believe that “nice guys finish last” probably don’t know Ken Chenault. The chairman and CEO of American Express built his career around being honest and likable, while remaining a tough competitor.
“Frankly, you can’t be a jerk and be successful in the service business for a long period of time,” he says. “When you’re in the service business, reputation is everything. Sometimes when you’re very successful, you become arrogant, and what I’ve tried to instill is a very strong sense of customer needs, respect for your colleagues, says Chenault.”
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